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Electrodessication and Curettage

ED&C stands for electrodessication and curettage.   This procedure is mostly used on patients who have non-melanoma skin cancers in non-crucial areas where a small scar would be less noticeable.

First a small injection of local anesthetic is placed. The surgeon then uses a curette to remove the abnormal cells by scraping down to a layer of uninvolved tissue. Finally, desiccation (electrosurgery) is performed with a hyfrecator to widen the margin and cauterize the wound to minimize bleeding.  The wound is left to heal without sutures and typically heals over several weeks.



Hyfrecator or electric needle used during ED&C procedures

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